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A group representing more than 300 companies, including air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier, pressed the Senate Tuesday to support the confirmation of President-elect Trump’s pick for energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“During his tenure as governor of Texas, Mr. Perry worked tirelessly to promote job growth and energy security within his state,” read a letter sent Tuesday to every senator by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, representing the companies. “His understanding of the energy economy and its relationship to economic growth will serve the nation well as the next secretary.”

Perry was nominated last month by Trump to serve as head of the Department of Energy, which regulates energy efficiency for appliances such as air conditioners and heating units like those made by Carrier.

Trump touted a deal he struck with Carrier to keep jobs in Indiana instead of moving all of them to Mexico in a phone call he made to the company soon after winning the election. Trump has warned companies not to move jobs overseas or face stiff penalties.

“It is imperative that the secretary of DOE, the agency charged with establishing and updating efficiency standards for those products, understand the importance of ensuring that the regulatory process operates fairly and consistently for all stakeholders,” the letter by the trade group said.

“Governor Perry demonstrated that understanding in Texas and possesses the leadership and decision making skills necessary to establish a smarter, more efficient regulatory approach as Secretary of Energy,” it added. “AHRI and our member companies value our longstanding relationship with the Department of Energy and we look forward to continuing and expanding that partnership with Rick Perry and his team leading the agency,” the letter said.

“We strongly support Governor Perry’s nomination and urges his confirmation by the U.S. Senate,” the trade group added.

Perry’s hearing is expected to be held before Trump is inaugurated, although the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is handling the confirmation process for nominees for the Energy and Interior departments, has not announced a hearing date.

A notice must be given seven days before the hearing takes place, which would mean it would have to be issued in the next two days to meet the goal of holding the confirmation hearing ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration.

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